Electric Bike Basics Revisited

Ashland is a great place to ride a bike. The air is clean, the scenery is fabulous, and we have a respectable amount of bicycling infrastructure in place. If only we didn’t have so many pesky hills to climb, right? Depending on where you live, a ride to the grocery store and back can be an epic workout. If you’re up to the task and you have the time, I salute you. However, if you’re like many of us, you end up doing all your around town traveling by car and your bike is reserved for the occasional weekend pleasure/exercise ride. What if there was a way to bridge the gap between these two scenarios? Enter the electric bike!

E-bikes ride and function like regular bicycles with the addition of an electric motor and battery to provide assistance in propelling you forward. The additional 20-25 lbs. of equipment provides power equal to that of a second able-bodied adult helping you pedal. Hills seem to flatten out before you and miles slip by easily. Your bicycle elevates from the level of recreational equipment to alternative transportation. You still need to pedal some to navigate our varied terrain but it can take a fraction of the effort that a non-electric bike requires.

You can get as much exercise as you want; you have complete control over the amount of power that the motor delivers. Imagine riding across town for an appointment in the morning, meeting a friend downtown for lunch, and then zooming out once more in the afternoon for a few items at the grocery store. All this and you’re still ready to go out dancing tonight because you didn’t exhaust yourself running the day’s errands. In fact, you actually had fun taking care of all your business. This is what e-biking is all about!

E-bikes are easy to ride, they don’t require a driver’s license, and in a town like Ashland you can make most trips as quickly or sometimes even faster than you can with your car. Parking woes disintegrate and the fun factor soars to new heights. E-bikes operate on just a few penny’s worth of electricity each day and they don’t require any special maintenance procedures beyond that of a standard bike. When compared to the costs of driving a car, the payback period for the purchase of an e-bike can be surprisingly short.

So what are you waiting for? Come check out our bikes, take a test ride, and see for yourself what the latest greatest thing on two wheels is all about!